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Officials warn about viral Facebook message hoax

If more than one account with your photo and details shows up, your account may have been cloned. Facebook says there has been no known uptick in cloned accounts this week, when the messages started circulating, WSYR reported . If it has, report the profile to Facebook. Moreover, even if this warning were possibly real, the optimal approach would not be for the recipient to forward it willy-nilly to every single contact on their friends list. Read More »

Google Pixel Slate images leak, also show stylus and keyboard accessories

And now, there is another leak that comes from a Canadian carrier called Freedom Mobile. With the new video shared by Engadget , it's certain that Pixel 3 XL will have a massive notch. Interestingly, the listing showed a 3,915mAh battery. Google's big Pixel event is only two days away now, but unfortunately nearly all the company's big product announcements have been leaked over the last week or so. Read More »

Instagram reportedly testing tool to share user location with Facebook

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But, since Location History will not be known to users and only Facebook can see the data , the company can change this rule without any repercussions. By default, the Location Hi prototype is set to "off", but there is no guarantee that it will be activated when the function is launched. In the screenshots, a "Learn More" button provides more details about how the feature would work. Read More »

'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' Reveals First DLC, "The Forge"

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The Forge also brings with it a challenge tomb which is playable in co-op. In her DLC debut, Lara must courageous the lava-flooded Forge of the fallen gods to uncover the secrets of Kuwaq Yaku. The Forge will launch on 13th November 2018. The Forge will be available for Shadow of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from 13th November for Season Pass holders, or as a standalone download for $4.99/£3.99. Read More »

The Walking Dead: The Final Season will be finished by Skybound Games

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Kirkman said just days ago at NYCC that he wasn't yet concerned with having to finish the story via his long-running comics because he was hopeful the games could still do that. According to a statement from Skybound, the company will work with people from the original The Walking Dead team to finish the series. According to an anonymous source, the third episode was almost complete and the fourth had already recorded some of the voice-over. Read More »

Ubisoft Servers Hit With DDoS Attack, Multiplayer Games Having Issues

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As usual, Ubisoft took to its forums to address the DDoS attack, "which unfortunately are a common occurrence for nearly all online service providers". An update to the game's official website confirmed that FF14 is experiencing "technical difficulties" and that players should expect disconnections as well as difficulty accessing, sending, and receiving data. Read More »

Get the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at the lowest price yet - $816

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At the Galaxy Note 9 press conference in August, Koh Dong-jin, Samsung's mobile business chief, was noted saying, "We don't want to lose the world's first title when it comes to a foldable phone. The device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. However, the Galaxy A9 shines with its camera setup. The device is expected to sport a 24MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture and live focus, an 8MP wide-angle lens sensor with f/2.4 ... Read More »

Samsung Electronics Q3 operating profit jumps 20.4% to record W17.5tr

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The South Korea electronics giant said Thursday it expects to record its biggest operating profit ever in the third quarter, likely thanks largely to continued strong demand for its memory chips. Still, the number was below a market estimate of 771.7 billion won, based on a survey conducted by Yonhap Infomax on 15 securities firms . For the whole of 2018, the company is forecast to rake in an operating profit of 65 trillion won, beating the 53.6 trillion won posted in 2017. Read More »

Microsoft unveils new-generation Surface family

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Elsewhere, that USB-C support has been added to the Surface Studio 2 , the 2-in-1 Surface Pro 6 has been given a refresh, there are some new headphones, and there's a new zero interest purchase option rolling out in the United States called Surface All Access that bundles a device with an Office 365 subscription. Read More »

November’s free PlayStation Plus games revealed super early

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At the time of writing an official Sony website is advertising the PS Plus November 2018 line-up. Check out this link (which should be pulled shortly), to see Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition , and Yakuza Kiwami as the free PS4 games of the month! Twitter user Nibel was one of the first to spot the PS Plus leak. Read More »

Apple software reportedly hobbles independent third-party repairs

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Jobs' Mob has not done anything useful like warning users that repairing its expensive PC will make the computer "inoperative" unless a proprietary Apple "system configuration" software is run after parts of the system are replaced. A document sent to Apple's Authorized Service Providers - seen by MacRumors and Motherboard - shows that the T2 security chip that's built into modern Macs is being used to prevent authorized repairs from being carried out. Read More »

Netflix 15% of downstream net traffic

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In its "2018 Global Internet Phenomena Report ", Sandvine remarks that this figure is particularly impressive amid steep and ever-increasing competition for users' attention and screen time from gaming , social networking platforms, and other streaming sites, such as Hulu , HBO Go, and Amazon Prime, among others. Read More »

Latest Pixel leaks reveal Top Shot feature, Home Hub launch date

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The new Chromecast has Bluetooth on-board as seen when it went through the FCC in August , but there's no details on how this will benefit users. There are also a bunch of hands-on photos that show off the Pixel 3 XL hardware. Possibly, there will be a high-end version of the device with more RAM , but we can't be too certain for now. Google has chose to add a second super-wide front camera to make sure none of your friends are left out during a Groufie. Read More »

The flagship V40 ThinQ from LG received five cameras

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So here's everything you need to know about the LG V40 ThinQ . The third camera is specifically for this objective. The second 5 MP wide-angle lens on the front side secures an aperture of f/2.2 and pixel size of 1.12 microns. The main camera is 3-axis OIS, PDAF, and laser autofocus as well. Talking about the triple rear cameras , the device sports 12MP primary sensor with f/1.5 aperture, a 16MP super wide-angle sensor with f/1.9 aperture, and a 12MP telephoto sensor with ... Read More »

The Amazon Alexa app is getting a complete design overhaul

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Amazon is trying to change that, four years after the launch of Alexa, with a totally refreshed Alexa app. It's ditched the white icons on dark backgrounds, in favour of colorful icons and backgrounds. The Echo also functions as a Bluetooth speaker, so if you've got a phone or other music player with Bluetooth, you can pump tunes through the Echo that way. Read More »

Curiosity rover operates on backup during repairs to main processor

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Recently, the rover has been failing to store "science and key engineering data", and switching to its backup computer might help NASA figure out why. It took a week of preparation so that engineers can finally switch from Side-B to Side-A after which, the latter will run a diagnosis on the former to detect the problem and fix it while on the move. Read More »

Nintendo could make a playable Game Boy phone case

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Siliconera has spotted a new USA patent filed by Nintendo which seems to be related to a plastic smartphone case that strongly resembles the design of the classic Game Boy. There's even a little cut out for the front-facing camera, which gives us hopes that maybe Nintendo will be offering support for the Game Boy camera, 16 years after Nintendo ceased production of the official product. Read More »

California sued by Internet industry groups over net neutrality law

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Four industry groups sued California Wednesday over its new net neutrality law, SB 822, joining the us federal government. The California net neutrality law "was purposefully meant to countermand and undermine federal law by imposing on [broadband] the very same regulations that the Federal Communications Commission expressly repealed in its 2018 Restoring Internet Freedom Order ". Read More »

Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max users report of buggy charging

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In the discussions on the Reddit website, the owners of the new gadgets is noted that the device does not start charging after connecting the wires in the case, if the iPhone screen is off. The issue is more prevalent on the iPhone XS Max model. This Apple lightning dock is the flawless workstation accessory, with the added benefit of an audio port so you can charge and bop along to your favorite tracks at the same time. Read More »

Google introduces app for hands-free smartphone operation

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Once you've got it set up, you can launch apps , scroll up and down, and tap on things without lifting a finger. Significantly, the new interface overlays numbers on the icons and controls on the phone's screen. The search giant notes that 19.7 percent of the population in the United States alone (62 million people) have forms of mobility impairment impacting their hand functions. Read More »

LG unveils its latest flagship smartphone featuring five cameras

LG has also included face recognition and a rear fingerprint reader for added security. To make the best use of its triple camera setup, LG is introducing a new feature in its LG V40 ThinQ called the Triple Shot, which enables users to click three pictures using the phones standard, telephoto and wide-angle lens in a single go. Read More »

Nokia 7.1 with 5.84-inch ‘PureDisplay’ HDR panel, Snapdragon 636 SoC launched

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The hint of copper trim around the edges provides a subtle beauty, and it really feels like the Nokia 7 .1 has been created to accessorize with whichever outfit you're wearing. At the front, the smartphone features a single 8MP camera. Looking at everything it offers, the Nokia 7.1 offers a compelling mid-range experience at an attractive price point. Read More »

Apple denies explosive report of Chinese hacking on its servers

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Bloomberg has published the full statements of the three companies in which all companies claim no knowledge of or involvement in any government investigation. Bloomberg's piece is titled "The Big Hack" for a good reason, as it involves microchips planted in servers destined for big United States companies, which stealthily hooked to the networks their carrier hardware was hooked to. Read More »

Google confirms Pixel 3 preorders will start 9 October, hints at colours

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Next, Google lets folks know they can actually ask Google Assistant about what's coming down the pipe, including when the company is hosting the event, the details of the announcement, and more. A amusing Japanese video has surfaced, which highlights this Active Edge feature that will be seen on the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL . The attached image shows a series of phones, ranging from a super-tiny device to a large model. Read More »

Upcoming LG V40 to let users mix photo, video

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This five-camera setup means you will no longer have to choose the phone according to which optics you want - it'll be the first phone to contain all three of these camera types. Starting with the triple camera setup at the back, the sensor from the base will come loaded with a standard lens. The middle lens will be a super wide-angle lens, which is generally seen on the LG flagship smartphones like the LG V30 ThinQ and the LG G6, LG G7 ThinQ etc. Read More »